Title: Code Clubs at MadLab
Location: MadLab Salford (216 Chapel Street)
Description: Find out about volunteering at a code club!
From 18:00 to 20:00
MadLab and Code Club have joined forces to create weekly Code Clubs for 9 – 11 year olds in Salford. The new after-school clubs will run at MadLab’s brand new offices on Chapel Street and in primary schools around the Salford area.
Why are we doing this?
At the moment there are only a handful of Code Clubs in Salford. In comparison, one in five schools in Manchester and London host a club. We want to give as many Salford children as possible the chance to learn to code – but we can’t do this alone!
The scheme needs enthusiastic volunteers who want to share their love of code with the next generation while taking part in a rewarding, worthwhile experience. Which is where you come in!
How does it work?
Code Club is typically attended by around 10 to 15 children and runs for an hour each week.
Each club is led by a teacher from the school and a volunteer from the IT industry. Volunteers are usually developers by trade and can work individually on a club or as part of a team.
Clubs begin with basic coding in Scratch – a really colourful drag-and-drop way to code. There are then options to then move on to HTML and Python further down the line.
Children work through a series of projects to create games, animations and websites, the focus is on making coding fun, the learning then happens on its own.
They get club certificates as they move through the projects, and there are opportunities to enter competitions or try out seasonal activities too.
Children love working through the projects and in a recent survey have rated them as 92% fun!
We need you!
Volunteering to run a Code Club is very rewarding. Here’s what some existing volunteers say about their clubs:
Getting feedback on how much the kids enjoy the club and seeing the creative spark – it’s worth every minute
Teaching at my Code Club is the most rewarding part of my week
I enjoy being part of the solution of teaching computing in schools
We’ll help you through the volunteering process with set-up advice, networking opportunities and ongoing support.
In addition, you can also become a STEM ambassador through the MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) training scheme, (this includes a free DBS check). This is not mandatory but you may find it a useful experience. http://www.stemnet.org.uk/ambassadors/